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McLaren 720S is sold out through 2018, order now and get it in 2019

We first saw the McLaren 720S earlier this year when it made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, and we all agree that it is a beautiful car. But did you know that this particular model has already been sold out? Well, at least until 2018. You heard me right, if you plan to get a 720S this year or next, then it is already too late.

The McLaren 720S got into production in April at the company’s Woking UK facility. And since then, they have already received a total of 1,500 orders of the said model, according to Autocar. In fact, some customers even ordered two examples of the vehicle. Some of them want two, where one will be delivered before the year ends, while another example will go through some customization at McLaren’s Special Operations center.

As a refresher, the 720S will come standard with a biturbo V8 with an output of 710 horsepower (529 kilowatts), but it’s expected to still be pushed even further. In just 2.8 seconds, it can sprint to 62 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) from a standstill. The 720S also has a top speed of 212 miles per hour (341 kilometers per hour).

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There are still 12 unsold Lexus LFAs in US dealerships years after production stopped

Did you already accept the fact that you could never get your hands on a Lexus LFA in the United States? Well, you are wrong because Lexus had just revealed that there are 12 brand new units of the LFA in US dealerships.

Detroit manufacturers did not report good sales figures from last month’s sales report. Meanwhile, the deliveries made by Japanese premium automakers Lexus, Infiniti and Acura have increased. Respectively, deliveries have increased by 3.6 percent, 9.0 percent, and 3.7 percent if you compare them to last year’s numbers.

There is even more awesome news for fans of Toyota’s luxury arm. As Autoblog looked further into Lexus’ sales figures, they noticed some interesting facts. The company has sold an LFA; one unit of the supercar was delivered in June 2017. After taking a closer look, we also learned that another six examples were delivered to customers in 2016. So how is that possible?

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Business is looking good for Ferrari in 2017, profits jumped 24% in second quarter

2017 is looking great for Ferrari as they have just announced a 24 percent profit increase in the second quarter of the year. Apart from that, they have also shipped 5.3 percent more cars within the period and recorded €920 million ($1 billion) of revenue. That is 13.5 percent more than last year's figures. The company would like to give thanks to the LaFerrari Aperta and the GTC4Lusso for breaking their own record.

In the second quarter alone, the company shipped a total of 2,322 cars - or 118 more cars from the year before. Another contributor to the profit increase would be the V12 based models, these cars took account for another 36 percent sales increase. Besides the LaFerrari Aperta and the GTC4Lusso, the F12berlinetta and the F12tdf were also some of the faster moving models. If you didn't know, these models have already been phased out as the new 812 Superfast makes its way to the market. Other models from the 488 family, the GTC4 Lusso T from 2016 and the California T, are still going strong.

The company feels that by the end of 2017, they will reach over €950 million ($1.13 billion) in profit, while CEO Sergio Marchionne suggests that it could reach about €1 billion ($1.18 billion). This is possible as the company continues its domination in the Unites States and Australia, as well as with the anticipated success of the new Hong Kong dealership. The US has already seen a 3 percent increase, and a 20.5 percent increase in Australia.

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Ferrari hopes to double profits by 2022 with release of its first SUV

Fans of Ferrari should prepare themselves for the eventuality that their favorite brand will be releasing in a few years an SUV, or at the very least a “utility vehicle.”

Development of this model is underway which the brand is calling, as of now, the F16X. Bloomberg reports that this new model is projected to make its official debut in 2021, given that it is expected to play a significant role in the plan to at least double company profits by the year 2022.

This will be part of a business plan spanning five years presented by CEO Sergio Marchionne. The overall goal is to increase the yearly deliveries to above 10,000 units, the current limit. Though the actual plan will still be officially fully disclosed by 2018, there is the expectation that given the stricter environmental guidelines, more hybrid models will likely be released. In the same report by Bloomberg, Ferrari believes it can attract new wealthy customers through hybrid models. Indeed, each model to be sold beginning 2019 will come with a hybrid version.

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2018 Volkswagen Atlas is proving to be one of the German carmaker’s best-selling vehicles in the United States after having recently logged a full month of sales in the market. And that’s despite the fact that even some of its own designers weren’t really satisfied with its supposed boring blocky design.

But now, the US consumers have spoken and seemingly vouch for the appeal of the new 2018 VW Atlas. For the month of June 2017 alone, VW sold 27,377 vehicles in the US. That number may seem small, but it already exceeded the 23,809 units sold by VW in the same month in 2016. Of the 27,377 vehicles that VW sold in the US, 2,413 units were of the new Atlas. That means nearly one of 11 vehicles (8.8 percent) that the carmaker has delivered to customers in the country is an Atlas SUV.

To note, June 2017 marks the first full month of sales for the 2018 VW Atlas. This implies that it could be too early to determine whether the new Atlas would have a definite impact on VW’s falling SUV sales in the US. Although signs for the Atlas are positive, VW’s other SUV offerings aren’t performing well in terms of sales. In fact, only 14 percent of VW’s total sales in the first half of 2017 were utility vehicles, which should be weird considering that SUVs are now in high demand in this part of the world.

Read the entire article 2018 VW Atlas kicks off first-month sales in US and the numbers are impressive

Do you ever wonder what challenges automakers have in selling limited edition cars? It’s different for each company but it can get stressful if the demand is high instead of the other way around. For instance, Enrico Galliera, Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer of Ferrari recently sent out 200 boxes each containing a key of the limited-edition LaFerrari Aperta to their preferred clients, and all 200 of them bought the new model without even knowing how it looks. It’s crazy particularly when you factor in that each vehicle has a $3.9 million price tag.

Obviously, the company has no problems when it comes to marketing its cars. In fact, it did not even have to market the car publicly and it didn’t even divulge its price. The open-roof Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta is equipped with a naturally aspirated V12 gasoline-hybrid powertrain generating 950 horsepower.

In an interview with The Drive, Ferrari said that they always have a much higher demand than their supplies. So what they do is they try and identify which of their customers deserve the limited edition car. Galliera added that he considers the LaFerrari Aperta as a gift to their best customers - even if they have to pay millions for it.

Read the entire article 2018 LaFerrari Aperta units have sold out, Ferrari is pressured to resolve long waiting lists

With all the news and the noise Dodge is making, it is definitely becoming a more popular car. And believe it or not, for the first time in seven years, the Dodge Challenger was able to outsell the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. That is a big deal considering that two months ago, it was announced that the Ford Mustang is the best-selling car in the world - at least in last year’s ratings.

Last month alone, Dodge was able to deliver 6,605 Challengers, which definitely is a huge hike from last year’s sales. The company sold 1,000 units more than it did in June 2016. For the sake of comparing, Ford sold 6,186 Mustangs which while Chevrolet only delivered 4,691 Camaros in June 2017.

While sales of the Dodge Challenger had suddenly gone up in June, we do not know if this will be a trend in the next coming months. In terms of year-to-date sales, the Ford Mustang still is at the top of the leaderboard at 44,608 units during the first two quarters of the year, followed by the Chevrolet Camaro at 36,567 units, and catching up is the Dodge Challenger with 35,910 examples sold, according to Torque News.

Read the entire article June 2017 sales of Dodge Challenger surprisingly beat Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro

France has already jumpstarted plans for a greener future. The country’s Minister of Ecological and Solidarity Transition, Nicolas Hulot promises that by 2040, sales of diesel and gasoline fueled cars will be over. Instead of making use of fossil fuels that harm our environment, the minister opts for a transition to purely electric mobility. This is just a part of his proposed series of measures to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.

To clean up the country, the minister came out with a 23-point plan that spans over six major themes. But we will already witness the implementation of some of these measures during Emmanuel Macron, France’s newly elected president’s term.

The good thing is that they have already started taking actions. Hulot developed a program wherein residents who trade in a pre-1997 diesel vehicle or pre-2001 gasoline car into an electric vehicle, or a less polluting one will be given monetary incentives. However, he has not yet specified how much the people will be receiving.

Read the entire article France aims to end sale of fossil fuel-powered vehicles by 2040

Not many people got a chance to own one of the limited-run Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar. And if you are one of the few lucky ones, Andy Palmer of Aston Martin has a message to give you, and you better take him seriously.

On July 5th, Andy Palmer posted on Twitter making it clear that Valkyrie buyers should not even attempt to sell their build spot for some extra money, as these people will lose the car, and will be banned. And it doesn’t end there, as they never be able to get another special vehicle. He made it clear that they will be able to identify those who tries to flip their reservation slots. Andy Palmer wrote this as a response to a certain @woodsypedia on Twitter with regards to the proposed built slot seen on PistonHeads Classifieds.

This action by Palmer was triggered when a listing by a seller named Knight International cited an “Aston Martin Valkyrie 2019 Build Slot”. On the website, you will find “Price on Request”. However, the tweet that Palmer responded to shows a £9,999,999 ($12.9 million) price tag. How insane is that.

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The year 2016 was a successful year for McLaren in terms of sales, but it has been on a streak and has actually broken sales records every year for the past four years. Since 2012, the company has been celebrating one milestone after another. To be more precise, the company sold a total of 3,286 cars last year, that is about double the number of what they sold in 2015 - or a 70 percent increase. These result to a sales revenue of £649.8 million ($844 million), an increase of 44 percent.

This success may be the result of the Sport Series family that was first sold to the market in 2016. In fact, the Sports Series alone delivered a total of 2,031 units, which seem to make up most of their sales. Within that range, the 570GT and 570S were the top sellers. Besides that, the Super Series was also quite a success, selling 1,255 units in 2016.

Most sales have been accounted for by the North American market, with a total of 1,139 deliveries, it significantly increased by 106 percent over 2015. As for the European market, McLaren was able to move 996 units in total, again a huge increase of 153 percent. Lastly, they sold a total of 228 cars in the Chinese market. There is a 90 percent increase for McLaren in the Asia Pacific.

Read the entire article McLaren sales doubled in 2016, CEO says growth plans are achievable and sustainable

The 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS that made its debut not so long ago at the E3 video game expo in Los Angeles has already been sold out according to reports. That’s surprisingly quick and highly impressive for the 700-horsepower (521 kilowatts) sports car. It sold so fast that you probably didn’t even have enough time to consider it.

AutoBild says that Porsche’s plan is to produce 1,000 units of the 911 GT2 RS, and that every single one of them had already been accounted for. The company did mention that some of those examples will be reserved for 918 owners, as they get priority access to this model. Apparently, the 911 GT2 RS has a starting price of €260,000 or €289,000 in Europe. Deliveries will begin by fall this year. However, the company has not confirmed any of these details shared to us yet.

To make a more aggressive vehicle, the sports car has been provided with an aero package that is noticeable in the front and rear fascia - with a wide body kit as well as a massive rear wing. Throughout the inside the cabin, you’ll find carbon fiber trimmings, and to keep the weight down, a set of lightweight wheels has been put in.

Read the entire article Limited edition 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS is now totally sold out

After a number of failed attempts, Tesla finally gets an Arizona dealership license by winning a court battle that allows them to sell directly to consumers. The automotive dealer license is a standard license traditional automotive dealerships are required to hold in order to sell vehicles.

Late last year, the DMV issued a dealer license to Tesla, which had only been approved last week after a Maricopa County administrative law judge confirmed that the process for blocking such a license from the Arizona Department of Transportation did not apply to Tesla in the first place.

After claiming the license, the electric automaker will now be able to conduct test drives and sell vehicles out of their service centers and the gallery they are currently operating in Phoenix.

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A product with a price tag of nearly $2 million could be a hard sell. But that isn’t necessarily true for every product in the market, especially if it concerns super-athletic cars or classic vehicles. At a price of around $1.9 million for each example, some would have thought that the Koenigsegg Regera megacar might be hard to hawk. But Swedish hypercar marque Koenigsegg has the last laugh, as it turned out that it already sold all 80 examples of its Regera hypercars.

This could be bad news for those are really considering buying a new Koenigsegg Regera. However, for Koenigsegg, this is delightful news as it signals the overwhelming success of the Regera hypercar. Koenigsegg has limited the production of the Regera to 80 examples. For the Swedish carmaker, this is already a big number, noting that the Regera program is so far the largest single vehicle series in its history.

Now that Koenigsegg has already sold out the Regera megacar, those who are still interested in buying a new one might think they don’t have a chance to acquire one anymore. However, Koenigsegg has posted in its Facebook account that interested buyers could contact their local dealer to see whether a Regera is still available. But we highly doubt that, after all, the Regera has several selling points that are hard to ignore.

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Subaru has been doing really well for some time now. Just last year, the company announced its eighth consecutive U.S. sales record, hitting the 600,000 mark for the first time in history when it comes to deliveries. In fact, they sold over 600,000 last year, and with the current pace they are at this year, it looks like they will beat their present record. Apart from that record, Subaru can now claim a new all-wheel drive sales record as they have overtaken Audi’s all-wheel-drive sales.

According to some figures online, Subaru now sells the most number of all-wheel-drive cars globally, 15 percent of the global market to be specific. The automaker ranked number one by selling 965,892 units between the April 2015 to April 2016 financial year, that is 245,382 more than Audi’s sales of 720,510 units. Third in line would be Jaguar Land Rover, who have sold 485,797 units according to Autocar.

To break down the company’s sales, 60 percent of Subaru’s all-wheel-drive global sales come from the United States, within the same timeframe, 50,000 units were being sold in Europe - that is less than what it achieves in the US in one month. Furthermore, the UK sells less than 4,000 units in a year, and only a total of 1,210 units were sold in the past five months, that is a 19 percent drop compared to last year’s figures. Though Subaru is hitting the sky with its sales in the United States, it appears that it hasn’t been able to build up the brand name across the Atlantic.

Read the entire article Subaru sells the most all-wheel-drive cars, beating Audi

Daimler has made a superb job of beefing up the Mercedes-Benz range in the present day, increasing the number of models in both the high and low spectrum of the German automaker's portfolio notably in the AMG category.

And the results have been impressive: Mercedes-AMG achieved a remarkable 99,235 AMG vehicles worldwide in 2016. This represents a 44.1 percent growth compared to the previous year. It appears that the German automaker isn’t backing down from its goal of a record sales growth. In fact, if its sales continue at its current rate, it is very likely that Mercedes-AMG will hit the 100,000-unit mark this year to set another sales record.

This can be attributed to the German automaker's move to release more affordable models including the A-Class in Europe and the CLA in the U.S., head of marketing Britta Seeger said. She further revealed in an interview with Autocar that they are offering the A 43 for the driver who isn’t yet ready to get behind the wheel of a 63 model.

Read the entire article Mercedes-AMG is on track to hit record 100,000-unit sales in 2017

Porsche wants to discourage a practice that has hounded its cars for decades. The German automaker Porsche produces a car; afterwards the released sports car will garner impressive reviews from the car enthusiasts. Then demand from interested customers will outweigh supply. And then these models will pop out like mushrooms in classified ads with corresponding inflated price costs. By now, this is nothing new to the automotive community, but GT head honcho Andreas Preuninger seemed to have had enough of this practice when it comes to Stuttgart's premium sports cars and hopes to counteract car flippers.

Porsche now wants to get even with those car flippers by throwing down a simple plan - making more detailed research of potential consumers of their sports car. Andreas Preuninger clarified that this is not a form of punishment, but is instead a brilliant strategy. Porsche's head of GT road-car development told Car and Driver at the launch of the 2018 911 GT3 that he personally likes to see the cars being used because it's the main purpose of building them, and the sports car are too good to be left in the garage and collect dust.

He further added that he doesn't fancy the business of people purchasing Porsche's cars just to make money on them, as this is not the main intention of the German automaker. He further said that the purpose of limiting the production of a car is not for it to increase its value in the passing days, and they don't want it to seem that they’re laying money on each car when they’re rolled out.

Read the entire article Porsche to lay down plan to counteract car speculators and flippers

Amongst all sports cars on the planet, which one is the world’s best-selling model? Would you have guessed that it is the Ford Mustang? According to IHS Markit’s global automotive registration data, it is. Just last year, 150,000 units of the Ford Mustang were sent out globally from its factory, making it the world’s most popular sports car.

The Mustang was first released in the 1960s for the US market, and it had always been at the top in terms of sales in North America. But the company thought that the model would not sell well in European and Asian countries because it’s a left-hand drive vehicle. Therefore, it took them sometime before deciding to push through with releasing an international edition of the Mustang.

But when the company finally decided to produce a European-focused Mustang, it instantly seemed like the world can’t get enough of it. In the first year of its release, the company already got 15,000 orders of the sports car from Europe. Four thousand five hundred of those units were sent to the United Kingdom alone. The Mustang is also the most popular model in France, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Czech Republic, Greece, and Finland.

Read the entire article Ford Mustang marks first full year of sales in Europe by being named best-selling sports car

It appears that the Dieselgate scandal masterminded and perpetrated by Volkswagen AG isn’t limited with company, but also has affected, albeit indirectly, its fellow carmakers from Germany. In fact, automotive customers in the United States might not be able to buy new diesel models from German premium carmaker Mercedes-Benz (2017 model year).

Mercedes-Benz’ parent Daimler AG disclosed that it had dropped plans to have Mercedes’ diesel cars and engines certified in the US. Sans any certification, Mercedes-Benz cannot sell its diesel-powered 2017 premium vehicles in the country. Mercedes-Benz USA spokesman Rob Moran told Automotive News that the company is putting on hold the certification process for its diesel passenger cars in the US, as part of a review of the carmaker’s portfolio offerings.

Mercedes-Benz hasn’t decided if it would totally exit from the American passenger diesel market, even though it would not be selling 2017 models in the region. However, given the current situation, an exodus from the American passenger diesel market in the future by Mercedes-Benz won’t be a surprise.

Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz drops plans to sell 2017 diesel models in the United States

Notwithstanding Tesla’s effortless marketing and anti-selling initiatives, its CEO, Elon Musk has finally announced that paid reservations for the Tesla Model 3 continue to go up every week. After commencing the reservation procedures barely a month ago, the CEO once shared that the company has already taken about 400,000 pre-order reservations. Since discussing these numbers however, Musk no longer wants to share the exact figures. He explained that if he does this, many people will speculate or make wrong assumptions on what’s going to happen next.

In the recent 1st quarter earnings call, Musk neither answered directly nor tried to eschew the inquiry. Instead, he replied by saying that although he’s not willing to share the actual number, the reservations continue to climb on a weekly basis. That is, in spite of their attempts to encourage their customers to buy the Model S instead of the Model 3.

When asked to provide the exact number of reservations, the CEO said that the problem lies in the probability that people will run off and make all kinds of conclusions based on the number and he thinks that this isn’t “predictive” of the future. He also mentioned that these people aren’t even allowed to test-drive a Model 3 and that the company doesn’t do a thing to sell the Model 3 but increasingly more reservations are made every week.

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Herbert Diess, Volkswagen brand chief, revealed the VW's future plan for the next decade at the press conference in Volkswagen's "Markenhochhaus", the totally rebuilt brick tower at the Wolfsburg factory. Hoping to put the "Dieselgate" scandal behind them, the German automaker is planning a new vision for the company. The plan? Plain and simple, VW will put their efforts into manufacturing more SUVs and EVs. Now that's what we call a solid plan.

The aftermath of the Dieselgate is somehow still felt and the German automaker is making an effort to make us forget the TDI ever happened. Around November of 2016, VW disclosed that they will make the largest change process in VW's history and is now announcing that they are seeking to become the world's leading automotive market when it comes to e-mobility.

This is a strong statement coming from the German company, and VW has a 20/20 vision on how they will execute their plan- by selling no less than 1 million electric cars every year by 2025. This plan will ensue in 2020, when the VW's first ever electric vehicle from the I.D. range will be released to the public. Three more vehicles will join the line-up in the next 5 years, following the Zwickau-produced unit.

Read the entire article VW aims to become e-mobility leader, sets goal to sell 1 million EVs annually by 2025
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